USU considers replacing HPER Field grass with turf

While the pending construction of the Aggie Recreation and Community Center will not begin for at least another three years, members of the ASUSU (USU’s peer-elected student government) Executive Council have another project in their sights to improve USU’s recreational facilities. The proposed project would lay 250,000-square-feet of artificial turf on USU’s HPER Field, replacing the grass that is there currently. However, the installation of the artificial turf will not be approved until students vote for or against it as a proposition in the 2012-13 ASUSU elections. ASUSU President Erik Mikkelsen said upgrading the fields would require a one-time student fee, but said the amount of the fee has not yet been determined. Current sketches show the artificial turf divided into three fields, which include one college regulation-sized soccer field and two football scrimmage fields. The total cost of the fields would total $2 million, at the most, said James Morales, vice president of Student Services. “It’s the students’ money and their vote,” Morales said. “We hope that we can at least show them what these facilities can be like before they have to make a decision.”

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